Co-Main Event Report - Macias KO’s Garza in Firefight
In the evening’s co-main attraction, Neeco Macias scored a fifth round knockout win over Rolando Garza in an all out super welterweight slugfest between two young, unbeaten fighters. There was no feeling out period between the two contestants as Macias (13-0, 7 KO’s) found Garza (9-1, 6 KO’s) to be a willing participant to fight hard and match him nearly punch for punch. Neeco used a fast paced approach as he threw equal shots from both sides, mostly head shots as Rolando easily countered with equal measure.
The second round was no different as "The Rooster" Macias utilized a fine right hook to the head. The Palm Springs, California native showed amazing levels of energy, yet his opponent from Austin, Texas (by way of Monterrey, N.L., Mexico) connected with intense left hooks to highlight the period. Up to this point, six minutes of pure entertainment had transpired and those in attendance out in the hot Vegas night showed their appreciation.
Round three belonged mostly to Macias as Garza’s overall pace slowed yet he was still able to connect with his trusty left hook. Neeco’s uppercuts likely won him the round. Rolando remained on the inside in the fourth while he tried his best to lean in on his Southern California foe. He found this to be a difficult task as Macias kept coming forward. Back and forth slugging, per the usual highlighted the stanza.
The first and only knockdown came late in the fifth. With just under fifty seconds to spare, Macias caught Garza flush across the side of the head thanks to a less than accurate right hook. This was a case of accumulation simply catching up with the Mexican fighter. He’d taken too many shots and although only his gloves touched the canvas and he easily beat referee Jay Nady’s count, the answers he gave weren’t to Nady’s liking, who waved the contest to a close at the 2:31 mark of round five. Neeco "The Rooster" Macias remained unbeaten and captured the WBC USA super welterweight title.
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September 9 2016